The most correct awards in the history of film awards.
All movie awards are important, of course, because they allow us to worship our Hollywood stars (other than with money). But in the film awards hall of fame, the MTV Movie Awards may be the more important. What other rewards do we dare to reward the things we love the most in movies? Not just the beautiful pictures and brave performances but the kisses, the explosions, the shirtless torsos, the WTF moments.
Moreover, they are so often law. This year’s awards, hosted by Amy Schumer on Sunday night, could once again showcase the wisdom of, like whoever picked the MTV Movie Awards (Jesse Camp, presumably). Could Childhood Where Selma avenge their snub at the Oscars? Could Channing and Jonah take home the award for best on-screen duo which was apparently made for them? Has there ever been a more relevant nomination for an award than Zac Efron for Best Shirtless Performance? In light of the cinematic awards that tragically can go wrong, let’s celebrate the cinematic awards that have been successful since 1992 (Most Desirable Man: Keanu Reeves in Breaking point).
10. Best Villain, 1993: Jennifer Jason Leigh in single white woman
Yes, better than Nicholson in A few good men. How many guys did he murder with a stiletto heel?
9. Best Fight, 2005: Uma Thurman vs. Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill Book 2
The MTV Movie Awards gave Quentin Tarantino’s bloody two-part masterpiece a lot of love, with six nominations and four awards. (Compare that to the Oscar-given Zero and Zero.) But that award, for the gruesome, hilarious, terrifying, horrific battle between Black Mamba and California Mountain Snake, was the most correct of all.
8. Best sandwich in a movie, 1996: ham and cheese sandwich in Smoke
Of course, the whole prize was a not-so-funny piece of Garry Shandling. But that baby-faced ham and cheese Harold Perrineau ate in that beloved Paul Auster / Wayne Wang Brooklyn drama looked really delicious.
7. Best Comedic Performance, 2012: Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
The MTV Movie Awards are great at recognizing comedy, frequently giving big and small prizes to films that dare to laugh rather than cry. This 2012 award, for a performance for the ages, was particularly well deserved.
6. Best musical sequence, 2000: “Uncle Fucka” by South Park: bigger, longer and uncut
Sure, “Blame Canada” got the surprise Oscar nomination, but “Uncle Fucka” was the best song from the best movie musical of the past 20 years, so seeing it awarded was incredibly satisfying.
5. Best film, 1995: pulp Fiction
Run away, Forrest, run away from the MTV Movie Awards, where you don’t win jack.
4. Best New Filmmaker, 1996: Wes Anderson, Rocket in bottle
Okay, they don’t always get this award (Peter Cattaneo ?!) but in this case, they received it extremely well. Witness Wes Anderson in his least elegant outfit ever!
3. Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997: Chewbacca
There was not a dry eye in the house.
2. Best Male Performance, 1993: Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
One of the greatest parodies in Oscar history – Al Pacino winning for The perfume of a woman on Denzel as Malcolm – was corrected just four months later at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank as Washington received a golden box of popcorn in honor of one of the greatest on-screen performances From our era. This is why, to this day, no one even remembers who Al Pacino is.
1. Best Kiss, 2005: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, Notebook
This is the second most correct award in awards history, after Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.